2002 Ford Escape
Rear Bolt Order (see picture below)
Front Bolt Order
1 30 ft lb
2 tighten 90 deg
3 loosen 360 deg
4 30 ft lb
5 turn 90 deg
6 turn 90 deg
First, I installed the front head where there rear one goes (it fits when its backwards. i didn't notice). I went through the whole torque sequence. I obviously had to take it off. So for one I had to retorque those bolts which I don't think youre supposed to do. For two there was a little bit of cleaning solvent that got smooshed into the head gasket (I cleaned thoroughly and tried drying but I guess some was still on there). Anyways, at least from installing the head backwards I am afraid some parts of the gasket might have been smooshed in the wrong spot since the bottom of the heads are not perfectly symmetrical. It's a metal gasket though and there were no visible impressions anywhere.
Second, when tightening to 30 ft lbs I did it without a torque wrench first because a torque wrench would take forever. Most of the bolts started at 20ish when I first hit them with the torque wrench but some of them were much closer to 30 or maybe even at 30. So I'm worried I messed up the torque sequence. I think I probably did go through the torque sequence good enough but can't shake the idea that I should do it yet again. That'd be the third time the bolts on the rear head were torqued and the second time the bolts on the front head were torqued.
Third, Haynes just shows the bolt order for the front head. So I didn't know what bolt order to use on the rear head. Should I mirror the bolt order (like I showed above) or go by their absolute position. I guessed it should be mirrored but I'm still uncertain if I did it right.
Thanks for any help you can offer. It was super late when I did this and I probably should have saved it until the morning but I wanted to get it done.